About 12 years ago, I traveled to France for work and, during a day off, I was invited to have dinner with an old family friend named Zavier. I was super excited to see my old friend, but even more thrilled to try a traditional French meal prepared by a Parisian!
As soon as I got there, he served a beautiful assortment of cheeses, pâtés, breads, and figs. After a while, he said he was bringing out a salad to eat before the main course. I sat there with great anticipation as to what kind of salad it was going to be. When he brought it, I noticed it had slices of grapefruit in it, which wasn’t appealing to me at all. I guess he noticed my face of disappointment and then started lecturing me about how I shouldn’t judge it before I taste it. He claimed that a lot of people from the United States are not really into using grapefruits in recipes because we haven’t really tried it correctly. He was right, so I decided to keep an open mind and give his salad a try. It really was delicious! It totally blew me away, actually.
Since then, it’s a part of my salad repertoire and I make it quite often. I added a little twist of my own of course, but the basic idea is still there. I hope you have an open mind as well and serve this delicious salad for your next lunch or dinner party.
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